Warriors’ Curry survives US roster cut 

The United States is down to just two centers, and one of them better pick it up if he wants to make it to Turkey. USA Basketball trimmed its roster of candidates for the world championships Wednesday to 15, a guard-heavy group that features former Stanford star Brook Lopez and Tyson Chandler as its only centers.

Warriors guard Stephen Curry, who averaged 17.5 points and 5.9 assists per game during his rookie season, made the final 15.

Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans, O.J. Mayo and Gerald Wallace were cut.

Lopez, the New Jersey Nets center, struggled last week during training in Las Vegas as he recovers from mono, an illness that team leadership wasn’t aware of before camp.

“Giving him the benefit of the doubt, he knows he has an awful lot to show in New York to be under consideration to make this team, but wanted very much to have that shot and opportunity and we’re willing to do that for him,” USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said during a conference call.

Warriors guard Stephen Curry, who averaged 17.5 points and 5.9 assists per game during his rookie season, made the final 15.

Kevin Durant leads three Oklahoma City players on the list that included the Clippers’ Eric Gordon, who was thought to be on the bubble, plus talented point guards such as Chauncey Billups, Derrick Rose, Rajon Rondo and Russell Westbrook.

The Thunder’s Jeff Green will join Durant and Westbrook in New York when the team reconvenes Aug. 9. The roster has to be reduced to 12 before the world championships begin on Aug. 28 in Turkey.

The remainder of the finalists are: Lamar Odom, Andre Iguodala, Rudy Gay, Danny Granger and Kevin Love.

 

 

 

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